Recently emerging on the frontiers of the ever-evolving fashion industry is “BAALE” by Twelve 19 Styles, an exquisite portrayal of the West African Yoruba heritage infused with contemporary urban flair.
Renowned for their vibrant expressions, aesthetics and creativity, the Yoruba people have an innate sense of style and elegance. The heart of this culture is intricately woven into the BAALE collection, as it seeks to pay homage to the sartorial legacy of the Yorubas.
Drawing inspiration from the term “Baálè” — the local title for the distinguished head of a Yoruba community, the collection artfully weaves together traditional elements and modern design sensibilities celebrating royalty, class, and poise, accentuating the regal nature of the Yoruba people’s ceremonial attires made from locally woven fabrics known as Aso-Oke.
Twelve 19 Styles is the brainchild of talented designers — Micheal Okunloro and Innocent Nwachukwu who embarked on a journey to capture the essence of their maternal fashion influences from the Yorubas while seamlessly infusing contemporary urbanization.
The result is a breathtaking amalgamation of the vintage and the urban, effortlessly blending timeless elegance with the dynamism of modernity. The BAALE collection is a true masterpiece. Each outfit boasts flamboyant tops that exude an air of exclusivity and regal splendour.
Its brilliance is seen in the versatility of every piece of the collection which can be styled into various looks. The meticulously designed trousers can be easily paired with casual t-shirts to achieve a laidback yet elegant look, transcending the boundaries of traditional formalwear.
Beyond the shores of Nigeria, the global appeal of the BAALE collection has been undeniable. Making its debut at the Afro festival in Bristol and subsequently showcasing at the African Fashion Week London, it garnered immediate admiration and appreciation from fashion connoisseurs and enthusiasts alike.
As Nigeria continues to make remarkable strides on the international entertainment and fashion scenes, Twelve 19 Styles firmly cements its place as a design powerhouse to watch out for. The BAALE collection stands as a testament to the designers’ unwavering commitment to celebrating cultural heritage while embracing the ever-evolving fashion landscape.
The BAALE collection by Twelve 19 Styles is a stunning representation of the Yoruba tradition entwined with contemporary allure. Each ensemble tells a story of the Yoruba people’s rich history and pays tribute to their timeless elegance. With this remarkable collection, Micheal Okunloro and Innocent Nwachukwu have once again proven that fashion is an art form that transcends boundaries and unites cultures, captivating the hearts of enthusiasts across the globe.
The BAALE collection serves as an enduring reminder that fashion can be a powerful medium to celebrate heritage, express creativity, and inspire the world.